“In the Blogosphere” is a series, which lists links to writing-related blogs I’ve stumbled upon throughout a given week (usually).
I’m admittedly behind with my Blogosphere posts—I have about 50 links saved, dating all the way back to June (oh noes!)—but they are all still worth a look. I’ll catch up eventually, right?
I decided to do something a little different today. I give you: FROM IDEA TO AGENTED IN 15 POSTS
Before you can get that agent, that book deal, you must first—you know—write the thing. And before you can do that, you want to make sure you’ve done everything in your power to make every detail as perfect for your story, your project, as you possibly can—from concept to execution.
And your characters’ names are no exception. These take just as much care and thought as anything else in this process because they give readers certain connotations right away.
Do you think Stephenie Meyer chose “Bella Swan” by accident? What if she had been Bella Swanson instead? Katie Swan? Bella Bwonton? (<—Bwonton, incidentally, was the name I used for characters all the time when I was in grade school. I have no idea where I got it or why, but it could have had something to do with my love for wonton soup . . . ).
What about Gretchen Bwonton? Would the series have been as successful? (Yes, because someone along the way would have made her change the name.)
Writer’s Digest to the rescue! (Thanks, guys!) Here, Devyani Borade talks about this very thing and gives some great advice on how to pick the perfect names for your characters.
Once you’ve figured that out, you want to make sure your manuscript is filled with memorable scenes. Why have memorable characters in blah scenes?
Have no fear—Martina Boone of Adventures in Children’s Publishing is here to help!
THE QUERY STAGE
When your MS is looking fantawesome, you’ll want to tackle the next annoying hurdle—the synopsis.
Here, the Michelle-Andelman-repped Kate Hart uses Disney movies to help you boil down your book and make it less daunting.
Now that you have that pesky stuff out of the way, whom will you query? The Michelle-Wolfson-repped Tawna Feske suggests stalking people (and it’s OK, she says, because all writers are stalkers 🙂 ) in order to find your dream agent.
Once you’ve found him or her, tailored your query, and you’re about to e-mail it . . . you’ll want to clean up that formatting so your message doesn’t get all wonky from cutting and pasting. Here, WD’s Chuck Sambuchino hands you a broom.
Once your first—and second—and third—form rejection rolls in, you might start screaming,“Why? Why?? Why can’t I get some detailed feedback???” Curtis Brown Ltd.’s Nathan Bransford tells you.
And once your skin is a bit thicker, Writer, Rejected suggests you make it a game. This will probably save your sanity.
THROWING IN THE TOWEL
At some point, you’ll have enough of the game, and doubt will undoubtedly (<—see what I did there?) creep in.
kt literary’s Kate Schafer Testerman offers some tips on what to do when you fail.
Likewise, D4EO Literary’s Mandy Hubbard helps you decide when to give up (or not to).
A FRESH PAIR OF EYES
Perhaps all you need is some betas to give you some feedback, which can help you give the editing one more go . . . because perhaps you rushed the whole querying thing.
But what is a critquer’s responsibility? Award-winning writer Jason A. Myers is here to tell you . . .
. . . and up-and-coming YA author Maurissa Guibord gives a “F.R.E.S.H.” perspective on the subject as well in her guest blog on Adventures in Children’s Publishing.
Once you’ve figured that out, Paulo Campos of yingleyangle suggests 20 questions you should ask your betas.
While you wait for agents to recognize your genius, you blog. A little platform building can’t hurt, right?
But then you wonder how to increase your readership, so you start reading other writing blogs—whoa! There are other writing blogs?—and you start to wonder if people think you’re a blogging snob.
So Jody Hedlund helps you decide.
And you realize she’s right when Pat Flynn of Daily Blog Tips gives you five reasons you should respond to all your blog comments.
And then someone likes you! They really like you! An agent offers representation! And then another! And then . . . what do you do??
Here’s Andrea Brown’s Mary Kole on getting offers from multiple agents.
It’s all just that easy, right? 😉
Have a nice weekend, everyone—and I hope you’ll check out The Write-Brained Network!